Official Catching Fire Casting News!

Official Catching Fire Casting News

It’s official, Catching Fire has found it’s Finnick! The rumors that began months ago that British actor Sam Claflin would be playing District 4 tribute Finnick Odair can now be confirmed as true with Lionsgate sealed the deal. Claflin who has been in major movies such as this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides beat out other big names the likes of Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund who all at one point were rumored to be up for the job. And it seems as if he’ll not only appear in Catching Fire, but seemingly both installments of the now-split Mockingjay finale to the Hunger Games Series. Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22, 2013.

Has Catching Fire Found Its Finnick Odair?!

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According to Variety, 26 year old British actor Sam Claflin is the frontrunner to play the ridiculously handsome and trident-wielding tribute. Claflin aka Prince William from this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman may soon be recieving an offer from Lionsgate. But of course the studio refuses to comment on any casting rumors. In other casting news, it seems that the roles of Mags and Beetee may also soon be filled while the role of Wiress has officially been cast to be played by Amanda Plummer. Rumors state that Melissa Leo is wanted for the role of Finnick’s mentor Mags while Tony Shaloub is being eyed for Beetee, the crafty bomb maker. May the odds be ever in their favor in landing the roles. What do you think of Sam Claflin as Finnick?

Catching Fire Casting News


55th Annual Times BFI London Film Festival - "The Ides Of March" Premiere - ArrivalsThe Hunger Games‘ sequel Catching Fire has yet to officially cast for the role of Finnick Odair but if recent rumors are true then the role of Plutarch Heavensbee may be filled by Philip Seymour Hoffman. The rumors state that Hoffman received the offer on Monday and is going from playing Willy Loman in the Broadway revivial of Death of a Salesmen to playing the new Head Gamemaker taking over for Seneca Crane, played by Wes Bentley. A rep for the studio declined to comment on the casting news but if negotiations go smoothly then Hoffman will be joining Jennifer Lawrence, new director Francis Lawrence, and the rest of the cast when filming starts in September.

Casting Catching Fire’s Finnick


Casting Catching Fire's FinnickThe Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire is that much closer to casting the role for Finnick Odair. Robert Pattinson recently told USA Today that rumors he was in talks to play Finnick are not true. So who else is in the running? Lionsgate has narrowed down the choices to just 3 actors: Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch, and Garrett Hedlund. But rumors are abound that the studio may also be looking at a unknown actor to play the role. Reps for each of the three actors could not be reached for comment. Another rumor claims that a final decision from the studio could be announced as early as this week but a rep from Lionsgate said, “As with the first film, we won’t be confirming, denying or commenting on any casting rumors for this title. We will announce news wide when there is official casting news to announce.”

Which of the three would you like to see cast or do you think someone else entirely should snag the role?

Catching Fire Finds Its Director

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When news broke that Hunger Games director Gary Ross would not be returning for the sequel, Catching Fire, the entertainment world began to buzz with speculation over who would take the reigns as director. Lionsgate has come to a decision and is going with Francis Lawrence (who has no relation to Jennifer Lawrence). Francis has directed other big movies such as Constantine, I Am Legend, and Water for Elephants. Now all we need to wait for is the decision on who is going to be cast in the flick for the sequel’s new characters.